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Team USA – Never Give Up

Team USA haven’t won the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations in five years. Five years of French, German, and Belgian domination. Sure Team USA have finished on the podium, sure they have come close, but standing on top of the MXoN podium, holding that legendary Chamberlain trophy has eluded them. The greatest nation in this events history are walking on thin ice.

Ryan Dungey, one of the greatest American riders in history tasted victory in 2009, 2010 and 2011, but also tasted defeat in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Not surprisingly, with the bitter taste of defeat in his mouth, he failed to turn up in 2015 and 2016. Now retired many are calling for him to return, return on the biggest arena in motocross.

They said it was the sand of Belgium, the ruts in Germany, and just bad luck in Latvia, France and Italy, but it was more than that. Maybe, just maybe that brilliant run of 13 wins in the 1980’s and 90s, and that just as amazing run of seven in a row from 2005 until 2011 is something to look back on, and wonder if it will ever happen again. Will Team USA ever dominate this amazing event ever again?

Team USA are in trouble in 2017, rider injuries, and a defiant Eli Tomac, who is too tired to represent his country, they need a leader, and maybe Dungey is the man. Can he do a Rocky Balboa and comeback from his three month retirement, and put the FOX gear on one more time? Can he do a Stefan Everts and have the British public on their feet cheering for a legend saying goodbye forever?

Without a leader Team USA go into this years Motocross of Nations in a very similar situation as the 1980 Team USA in the final of the Ice Hockey, at the Winter Olympics. Going up against the almighty Russia, Team USA pulled together and put on a masterclass.

The “Miracle on Ice” refers to a medal-round game during the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, played between the hosting United States, and the defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union. The Soviets, unbeateable and considered the best team of all time. But they were beatable, and it was Team USA that proved that never giving up, no matter how tired, and no matter what odds, they went out there and won. Check out the video below on this great story, that should inspire any team at this years MXoN, but mainly Team USA.